Woman restrained trying to 'open exit door' on Boston flight

Emma Canavan

A woman has been forcibly restrained on a British Airways flight from London to Boston after allegedly trying to open an exit door mid-flight.

The passenger was restrained for the rest of the flight and arrested when the plane touched down, after staff from the airline notified local police.

The woman was restrained when she allegedly tried to open an exit door during a flight to Boston. Photo: Instagram @themanship
The woman was restrained when she allegedly tried to open an exit door during a flight to Boston. Photo: Instagram @themanship

Massachusetts State Police said the woman “was intoxicated” and confirmed the incident was not related to terrorism.

The woman will likely face charges of 'interfering with flight crew'.

In a statement, British Airways referred to the woman as “an unruly customer” and said it would “not tolerate abusive behavior”.

The incident came amid heightened fears across the US and other countries after the Paris attacks on Friday and recent confirmation from Russia that a bomb was responsible for bringing down a flight in Egypt.